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Dave's Amazing Wings

1 can tomato sauce

2 tsp granulated garlic

6 Tbs brown sugar (I used dark)

1/2 tsp habanero sauce (1 or more to make it "good")

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (1 or more to make it "good")

2/3 cup white vinegar

1/2 tsp soy sauce

1/2 tsp salt

Apprx. 20 chicken wings

Combine all ingredients but the vinegar.  Simmer on low until about the consistency of BBQ sauce.  Add vinegar and then reduce again until the correct consistency.  For average sized wings:  Heat oil on medium/medium high heat and then cook wings for 9 minutes each side.  Should be nice and crispy on the outside.  Place on paper towel and then combine with sauce. 

*If possible, refrigerate sauce overnight, and then re-heat before combining with wings.

These bits of chick are super good!  I would highly recommend this recipe!  Man, am I lucky to be married to such a great cook.

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A bunch of random stuff

Harry is sitting up really well by himself now!  It's really fun to play with him as he sits up.  When he gets bored of sitting up, he doesn't quite know what to do-I have to help him lay down or pick him up.

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Here is Harry "helping" with the laundry.  He loves the warm sheets out of the dryer!  Sometimes he gets a special treat when we warm up his bath towel before he gets out of the bath!   

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Hangin' out with mom

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Hangin' out with dad

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I bought this knick-knack for Dave as part of a Pier1 gift card, it was just way too awesome to pass up!  I am so fascinated by it!

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A few reasons I love my home

1.  I have only seen 3 very tiny spiders.  I love not having many bugs around!  Hopefully we don't see any more house centipedes-yuck!

2.  The big kitchen!  Lots of counter space.

3.  The fridge we bought.  There is so much room in there, and we always eat up our leftovers because they are easy to see.  It's sooooo nice to have a big fridge!

4.  A master bathroom.  It's so great to have a bathroom...in our bedroom!

5.  High ceilings, open feeling.  Just to have the space is awesome.

6.  A high quality garbage disposal-I don't have to worry about what I put down there!

7.  The kitchen faucet that pulls out.  Great for filling pots or dishwashing.

8.  Enough room to have an office and guest room. 

9.  A cool basement for storage, and for all the paintball stuff.

10.  A garage!

11.  A big bedroom window that lets the lovely morning light pour into our room

12.  Wood floors that are so easy to take care of, and the color doesn't show every little spot

13.  A nice showerhead, good water pressure, and lots of hot water to go around.

14.  A bathtub (our last apartment just had a shower)

15.  A yard.  We're looking forward to trying some gardening!

16.  A security system

17.  A big front porch!

18.  A mailbox right by our front door

19.  An abundance of electrical outlets.  In our kitchen there's an outlet about every 3 feet. 

20.  Washer and dryer!!!!

21.  Room for our family to grow!

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I feel so grateful for our house and it is so neat to see it become more and more our HOME.  We are so incredibly blessed.  Already I'm sad that we'll probably be leaving in 5 years.   

East Coast Tour

Check out all of our trip (200+ photos!) here!

 

For Dave's Spring Break we took off in the Civic and visited friends in Newark, NYC, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.  We began the trek in a rainstorm, and the rain continued to fall the ENTIRE way to Newark!  The roads weren't that bad, but the gray, lifeless skies weren't the most entertaining!  We stayed with the Avery family in Newark.  While there, we ate at a nice bagel shop, drove around the town, hung out at their house (they have a month old baby at home, and it was so fun to see such a little guy!), and that night we took a nice walk to  Hoboken and then ate dinner at Tick-Tock Diner-Yum!  DSC03486

Next it was on to NYC, the Bronx to be specific, to stay with Rory and Raphelle.  We went to church with them, and then after a lovely lunch at their place we met Joseph (David's brother) downtown.DSC03518  

Without any planning on our part, it turned out that Joseph was in NYC the same time as us for a Model UN competition!  It was SOOO fun to see him.  We basically walked around the town and talked.  We saw the Temple, Central Park and Columbus Circle.  Then, back on the subway to a wonderful enchilada dinner a la Raphelle.  Monday was spent watching part of the St. Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue, Little Italy and Chinatown.  We had a great time!  We ate lunch in Chinatown at a place that looked non-touristy.  The food seemed authentic, and it was great.  The waiters LOVED Harry, and they kept trying to entertain him with orange slices, plastic serveware, chopsticks, etc.  He was spoiled.  We shopped a bit, but didn't buy anything.  Then it was off to Philadelphia for a few hours to see Pat!  It was a wonderful visit.  He took us on a walk around his place, and we ate dinner at a super good Indian buffet.  Pat and David enjoyed rousing conversation about politics!  I don't have much to say about that, so it was fun just to listen!  It was a short visit, but then we were off to Baltimore to stay with the Campos Family.  We spent Tuesday in Washington DC!

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I had never been there and I loved it!  We were able to pack in many monuments and sights in one day:   Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pond,  Arlington Memorial Cemetery (and the changing of the guard), WWII Memorial, Korean Veteran's Memorial, The Museum of Natural History (Mammal and Gems Sections) and a bit of the Air and Space Museum-which I thought was awesome!  I wish we could have spent more time there-well, at all of the monuments for that matter.  Oh, we also saw the White House, Vietnam Memorial and Jefferson Memorial from a distance.  There was a neat feeling all around.  To make the day even better, we had found a free parking space, which I was pretty amazed with.  I think my favorite monument was either the WWII or the Lincoln-man, they were all amazing, though.  We spent Wednesday with the Campos' exploring Baltimore.  They took us to the perfect place for us-the Lexington Market.  It is a very old market that is full of pretty much whatever kind of food you would like!  We tried the "best crab cakes in Baltimore"-I guess they are almost world famous (they WERE good!) and we tried clams and oysters on the half-shell.  I liked the oyster better than the clam.  Dave ate a small whole crab, and we got some Mediterranean food for our "real" meal.  It was such a fun time!  Oh, and there were elephants there-yes, REAL, LIVE elephants!  The Ringling Bros. brought them to the south parking lot and it was pretty cool.  Around 2:00 we headed back on the road to return home.  It was a whirlwind trip, and we had a blast!  I am so thankful to all of our friends that let us stay with them.  We are so lucky to have such true and fun friends.  Believe it or not, it basically rained the entire way home too-minus about 1 hour.  We took Highway 40 for part of the way home which was such a beautiful road.  I think it is a national historic road.  Harry was a real trooper on the road and did pretty well with all the driving we did throughout the trip!  I think Harry loved the trip too, he seemed to be totally entertained with all the new things he was seeing.

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Here's the link again to all of our crazy fun times!

Too cute not to post

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AND.... another movie for those that can't get enough.....(like maybe the grandparents?) Harry's talkin' in this one

Harry rolls, sits, talks

It makes us so happy to see Harry learn and grow.  I think especially since he's our first little one, it's that much more exciting to see each "milestone." 

Harry loves to roll all over the place!  It's fun to see him realize that it can get him places!        

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Harry can sit up now!  He'll do it until he gets bored with it and wants to lay down and kick.  I always think it must be exciting to learn to sit up, because it would totally change your view of the world!  Just think about it!  8 months of just staring at the ceiling, and then....hey, things look different!  It makes me so happy to watch him learn!!!

 

Sorry for the almost naked baby footage!  Pretty cute belly though, you have to admit.  He's worked hard for that belly-even putting in hours in the middle of the night!

This is his new thing, he is exploring so many sounds now, but this is his most popular.  Watch his hands and wrists and notice that it looks like he is practicing to ride a motorcycle!  It's so funny!  He's actually done this little motion for a few months now, but he thinks in combination with the new sounds it is just exhilarating!  I'm not sure I approve of motorcycles, but I'll let him practice up for now!

 

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The other night Harry was so bored of being cooped up in the house that he just fell asleep.  Just kidding, it was his bedtime and it was wonderful to have him just gently fall asleep on his own-right in between us.  Luckily, the camera was just close by so we snapped a picture.

SNOW!!!

Well we are being hit with a HUGE snowstorm!  It was about 69 degrees and now it's a total blizzard.  Franklin county is under a "Level 2 Snow Emergency" which means that "Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.  Only those who believe it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways.  Contact your employer to see if you should report to work." (10TV News)  There are 12 central Ohio counties that are a Level 3 which means that it is illegal to drive!!  The snow is crazy, but it is sure beautiful.  It's a winter wonderland!  Approximately 10 inches (or more) have fell last night, within 12 hours, and it's been constant all day.  We have been called by visiting and home teachers to tell us that all church meetings are canceled for tomorrow (Dave was supposed to speak!)  I don't even remember the last time church was canceled-I'm not sure it ever was in Utah....well I think I recall one time.  Part of the problem here is that I think the city employs about 3 plows for all of central Ohio; they just lay down buckets of salt.  We wanted to go to the store today, but as the day went on we realized that there was no way we were venturing out in the storm!  Alleyways are definitely not plowed, and the snow is REALLY piled up behind our garage!  I don't have any idea what the freeway is like.  Although I've been a little stir crazy the past few days, it's pretty fun to have a wonderfully wintry day in our cozy home.  I'm going to have a cup of hot chocolate! 

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The snow drifts on our back door.

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Dave went out in the snow so that we could see how deep it really was.

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I like the snow hanging off the garage roof.

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Our front porch covered in snow drifts.  This car is totally buried, I hope they're not going anywhere soon.

 

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Enjoying some family time in our wonderful warm home!

 

Here's the AP article about the storms throughout the country.  There are a few pictures of Columbus.

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